The Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) programme is one of the major solutions to Nigeria’s broken food system and agriculture sector.
This was expressed by the Senior Special Adviser on Industrialisation to the AfDB President, Prof. Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka at the recently-concluded Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) 2021, held in Abuja.
Oyebanji noted that SAPZ was an economic and industrial strategy that comprised processing, production, distribution and marketing with a continental and global reach.
“It has its origin in the old special Crop Processing Zones that was started by Adesina and supported by the current (former) minister Nanono,” Oyebanji added.
According to the don, SAPZ is a spatial solution for rural transformation and sustainable urbanisation adding that it was strategically located within farming communities to have a more effective impact.
“In 2019, Vietnam generated export earnings of at least 3 billion dollars from cashew nut, rice, cassava, fish, coffee, tea, black pepper and rubber, total agricultural export revenue for 2019, 40 billion dollars.
“This is why we are promoting the concentration of companies within geographic locations in rural areas particularly forcing the rural communities to modernise,” Oyebanji stated.
He further added that SAPZ will stimulate investment in infrastructure especially in underserved areas of Nigeria, citing it to be a catalyst for private sector development.
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